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London and Baby Metal


Yesterday the mister and I traveled down to London to see Baby Metal live in concert and stopped in a few fun places on the way…


A few months ago it was announced that internet sensation and all round awesome fun feel good metal band Baby Metal would be coming to Sonisphere Festival. Now, the mister and I had already decided not to go to any festivals this year as we are saving our money for bigger exciting things, but this kind of threw us for six as we did actually really want to see them. But, being the celever so-n-so’s that we are, we figured there was no way they would be coming all the way over to the UK for one gig (on what was at the time set to be a small stage – I think they upgraded because of how popular they are). So, we waited and before you knew it they had announced another UK date in London’s Electric Ballroom. I was one of the first people to bag a ticket (before they AGAIN had to change venues to the larger Kentish Town Forum because they were so popular!) If you want to see what everyone was so excited about, check this out.

A full review of the gig will be available on Chaos Hour‘s new Music section tomorrow [Edit: Now available to read here], but for now just know that this was the most fun I have had at a gig in a long time! I could not stop smiling. The excitement of the girls was infectious and it was just such darn happy metal music with even some reggae and hip hop influences thrown in and a whole lot of tongue in cheek fun that we just had an amazing time! I ended up buying a tee shirt (which is generally a sign that I have converted to true fan – I don’t like wearing band tees for bands I don’t actively love) and we stopped off in Chinatown for some fun goodies before we headed home.

It was a long day overall. We had to get up early to catch the National Express and were met with every form of human rudeness along the way (which does nothing for your mood), not to mention not being able to sit next to each other for the 2 hour journey. But, it was all worth it. We wandered around Covent Garden and Camden and took in the sights, we even stopped into Cyber Dog, Tokyo Toys and Gekko (some of my favourite stores) and while I was adamant on not spending too much (I could always quite easily buy a new wardrobe in Camden), I did end up getting a really cute wrap around belt with pockets and attached purple/blue crocheted skirt, which will be ideal to wear over my leggings or skirts for conventions.

We ended up having lunch in Camden market and I tried some lovely Polish food. I’ve never really tried it (beyond the hot dogs/sausages you get in Polskiskleps) and it was really nice. There was a wonderful sweetness to it that made it perfect comfort food and it was in no way greasy like I expected, considering it was just meat in a bread roll. We also later had a dumpling from my favourite little dumpling-stop in Leicester Square – perfect street food for wandering around Covent Garden and watching street performers. We even managed to stop into a couple of different comic shops, including Orbital Comics which has, by far, one of the best independent comic book sections I have ever seen! We even saw a few familiar ‘faces’.

All in all it was a great day out and I would definitely go to see Baby Metal again. Hell the mister wanted to see them again as soon as they finished! A really fun gig and a lovely touristy day. Can’t wait to come back to the city again at the end of the week for London Film and Comic Con, albeit in a bit more of a business frame of mind.


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I tried to get Paddy to bury the hatchet with Teemo… he wasn’t having it.

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My favourite little dumpling store! I used to stop by here for dinner every now and then when I worked in London.

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Spotted some of Andrew Hinklebottom’s pin up art ‘in the wild’ at Orbital Comics.

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Had to take a moment when I saw this. Made me very sad for future generations who won’t even know what a Twinky is… Also… I miss Egon.

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Spotted a certain comic with a familiar signature. Gods bless Fernando Ruiz – I do miss his teachings.

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In true ‘blog’ tradition, I finally have a picture of my food. So – here you go!

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Sadly my phone ran out of battery before the actual gig – so here are my spoils from the day.

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Find of the day definitely goes to these – flavoured Oreos! Birthday cake batter (with sprinkles!) and vanilla milkshake!


Pop Up Cardiff


Today I managed to pull myself away from the drawing table for an hour or two to explore Womanby Street’s first Pop Up Event…


A few months ago, a friend of mine who is also a TV extra and happens to be the proprietor of FUEL in Cardiff (seriously check this place out – the owner is a lovely guy and the club itself plays the best music in town), mentioned that he and a few of the other club/pub owners were looking to encourage an alternative quarter in Cardiff, akin to Camden in London. This was to include independent locally sourced food and drink (as well as Vegan and Vegetarian food), art galleries, vintage clothes stores and live music events. Obviously this idea was right down my street, but also, I fell, much needed in the Welsh capitol.

Wales has always been a brilliant producer of rock talent and encouraging of punk, alternative and rock culture; so the idea of a ‘quarter’ of Cardiff dedicated to this scene would be welcome. Now, I haven’t been out and about on Cardiff’s live music scene for a while now. I used to go out all the time and even worked in a rock club myself, but sadly work has started to eat into my social time quite considerably; but anything that encourages people to appreciate food, music and art is good in my book. I also LOVE Camden. When I was a student in London it was one of my favourite places to be on the weekend, so the idea of that sort of vibrant, bohemian culture being right on my doorstep is very exciting.

The Pop Up Cardiff event was a much smaller version of the Camden vibe, but nonetheless captured the bohemian atmosphere perfectly. From the street food vendors to the galleries, hemp clothes, vintage stores, palmistry and buskers, it was like they had brought a tiny section of London to the Welsh Capitol. I turned up quite early, so did not see the crowds I would have hoped for on a Sunny Sunday, but the food vendors were still rammed with custom with queues for barbecue spilling out onto the street.

Despite the amount of social media attention this event had, it would have been nice to see some more signage around Cardiff advertising it to bring in the sun-worshipers on their way to other bars and restaurants around town. But this is probably more of a Cardiff Council issue than the fault of Womanby Street itself. The interior galleries and stores also seemed a little bit under-staffed as far as vendors were concerned and I was a bit unsure as to who owned what stall, but again this may have been the fault of coming early in the day.

I for one hope that Womanby Street keeps this sort of event up as it is a perfect place to showcase new music, art and foodie talent. I for one would love to be involved with it in the future and will definitely be returning to the Fashion Quarter when my bank balance is a bit healthier. Tomorrow however, I will be heading to the ACTUAL Camden for a gig which I have been looking forward to for a while so expect only a short post from me (probably from the bus!)


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Wednesday Wish List – Totoro Time


Wednesday Wish List – Totoro Time


Those of you who know me well may have noticed I have a slight… itsy bitsy… okay HUGE obsession with ‘My Neighbour Totoro’. Even though ‘Spirited Away’ remains my all time favourite Studio Ghibli film (so far – I mean, there are a lot of them), I just love the character of Totoro and his little tororo friends. My partner and I actually have plushies of the grey, blue and white totoros above our bed and occasionally I come home to discover they have been on some fun adventures. They’ve even left me notes when I come home after a hard weekend of conventions (They’re in my mister’s handwriting, but that can be forged right?)

You can see some of my own Totoro Fan Art here and even buy yourself a print of it, should you so wish, on my Etsy Store. But for now, here are some of my favourite Totoro related pieces from around the web for my Wednesday Wish List.


Totoro Sweater Jacket 100% hand knit from pure merino wool by AnnaWoolMagic on Etsy – £137.56

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Starting with this gorgeous cardigan/sweater from Etsy. I believe it is actually one of a kind (or she only has one in stock) which is why the hefty price tag, but when you see the amount of work put into hand crafting this, that’s not really surprising. I love big baggy cardigans, especially over skirts and tights, so this would see a whole lot of use out of some one like me. Not exactly a Summer choice, but still a beautiful find.


Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Sootball Slouch style jumper by ZenohTee on Etsy – £22.99

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As a ‘larger up top’ kind of gal, I find off the shoulder numbers to be incredible flattering, I also like the look of the length of the sleeves on this piece (I’m a fingerless gloves lover, so long sleeves are a good replacement for those sometimes). The design is cute and fun and can be classed as either ‘Spirited Away’ (the sweets in the top soot sprite’s hand) or ‘Totoro’ so that makes me happy. There is also a soot sprite on the back right shoulder.


All 3 Posters – my neighbor totoro, princess mononoke, spirited away – papercut style print – ghibli, movie poster, wall art, decor by BigBadRobot on Etsy – £16.75+

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I really love the design of these paper cut-out prints. They are stylized enough that you don’t even have to be a Ghibli fan to enjoy them. A very stylish and classic way to put some Totoro love on your walls. If you like the style of this print you should definitely check out the Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away Prints that come along with it, they are gorgeous.


Totoro in the Mountain Art Print by YouCouCou on Society6 – Variety of Prices and sizes

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I don’t know what it is about this piece, but I really just love Totoro’s expression! There’s something imposing and Godzilla-like about this poster whilst also retaining the cute kawaii nature of the characters.


Totoro Soot Sprite Slippers – Available to Bid on EBay

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As some one who works at home, slippers are a must have and these are just awesome! Look at their little faces! There is also a range of Totoro slippers too, but I am not a fan of the Totoro smiling plushie/onesie style that I see around, I prefer his cute quizzical look.


We Are The Children Who Never Grow Up’ Vest Top – Available to bid on EBay

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My one and only ‘Summer’ piece of the bunch, but the bright colours and floaty material definitely make up for it. The quote kind of sums up why I love Totoro so much – it is just a gloriously innocent children’s film that makes you feel like a kid again.


Don’t forget to check out my own Totoro artwork on Etsy. You can even earn £5 off your first purchase on Etsy here. What is your favourite Studio Ghibli film? Also, is there a character or film/TV series/book etc, that you always have to buy the merch for whenever you see it? Leave a comment below…


Wednesday Wish List – Penny Dreadful


Wednesday Wish List – Penny Dreadful

Since setting up my new Sky+ Box I have been gorging on box sets by the dozen. I have a habit of having TV on in the background when I’m drawing and a lot of the time the different shows inspire me. Lucky for me, as I am currently working on my own little series of ‘Penny Dreadfuls’, Showtime has just started playing their new series of the same name on Sky Atlantic. If you haven’t seen it yet and you are a fan of horror, literature or just good old fashioned gore, then I urge you to check this out. The literary allusions and homages are brilliantly done (anyone notice The Phantom of the Opera cameo in episode 3? Genius!) and very fun. The costumes and set are beautiful and so far I am finding the story very intriguing.

So I decided to go along the Gothic horror/Victorian theme this week with my own Penny Dreadful themed Wednesday Wish list.


 Lace Up Print Tattoo Socks

https://www.etsy.com/listing/155190446/new-nude-color-one-size-lace-up-print?ref=favs_view_18

I wear a lot of leggings and tights so these are a must have for me. The great thing about the foot being bare is that they would be brilliant to wear with calf length boots, high heels or even low top sneakers. Personally I would love to wear these with my New Rock Boots. Unfortunately the Etsy Shop selling these gorgeous tights is currently Sold Out of this particular style, but I guess that’s the fun of a Wish List. They also have some beautiful artsy ‘socks’ which include flamingos and deer.


Maxi Dress by Religion in Top Shop £55

http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/dresses-442/maxi-dress-by-religion-3007123?bi=201&ps=200

It’s always nice to find dark dresses that are suitable for the impending Summer climate. I love the grunginess of the bleached material and the fading text on this dress and the ‘mullet’ design of the skirt means that it can be dressed up or down quite easily with your foot/leg wear. The literary reference in the text on the dress is always welcome and I would have loved to have had a dress like this to wear to lectures when I was studying Milton! This would be perfect to throw on in the morning at a rock festival or for a gig (or lecture!) and looks incredibly comfy.


Barefoot Sandals Ankle Corsets £45.92

https://www.etsy.com/listing/104544315/tatted-barefoot-sandals-ankle-corsets?ref=af_circ_favitem&atr_uid=5877502

I have seen these ‘Ankle Corsets’ around a lot lately, most recently on an episode of Throne-Cast and I have to say I’ve fallen in love with them. I don’t personally wear heels, and a lot of the flats I own for formal events are pretty boring, so this would be a lovely way to goth them up with no real modding effort. They can also be used a ‘barefoot sandals’ or with flip flops and instantly add a little element of lace Victoriana to your Summer footwear.


Maleficent Lip Stick by Mac $16.50

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/12809/30816/New-Collections/Maleficent/Lips/Maleficent-Lipstick/index.tmpl

A few years ago I invested in a tube of Maleficent’s Dark Deed from the Limited Edition Venomous Villains Collection by Mac, while I was strolling through duty free. I ended up using it primarily for pantomime as it was (obviously) a perfect villain lipstick for my Evil Queen in Snow White. It also happened to be one of the best lipsticks I have ever used! It was long lasting, moisturising and even tasted lovely, so even though I am not a huge make up wearer I knew when they brought out the new Mac Maleficent range, I would have to get something from it! I have been hankering after a nice deep red for a while as, being quite a pale person, it seemed only appropriate, so here’s hoping this will make it’s way into my very sparse make up bag sometime soon.


Jawbreaker Ouija Leggings from Blue Banana £19.99

http://www.bluebanana.com/product.php/1011882/0/jawbreaker-ouija-leggings--black-#.U5hSPPldXas

Blue Banana have recently brought out a small range of Ouija themed clothing including a shirt dress and vest top, but these seemed to be the most flattering for me. Being a Pagan I am pretty anti dabbling with spirit boards, don’t get me wrong, but these are pretty well suited to the Penny Dreadful theme considering Eva Green’s character; plus the style of spirit boards are actually quite cool. As long as no one uses my legs for summoning spirits from the Great Beyond, I’m fine with it.


Frankenstein Literary Scarf £19.59

https://www.etsy.com/listing/155787595/frankenstein-literary-scarf-knit-jersey?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=frankenstein&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

“My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot imagine.” –Frankenstein’s Monster.

Oh how I wish I had this scarf back when I was in University. The person who makes these lovely scarves also makes Wuthering Heights and other famous literary pieces. I love the fact that the scarf is designed so that the words will fall in a readable fashion across the chest. Considering the inclusion of Victor Frankenstein in ‘Penny Dreadful’ I thought this would be quite a nice addition to the list.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/73288190/black-death-soap?ref=shop_home_active_7

The final Gothic addition to my Wednesday Wish List is this gorgeous piece of London Plague soap. A little bit out of time with the events of the show, but I thought it would be a nice nod to Billie Piper’s character. I found this shop when I was looking through A Star Fell On Her’s Freaky Fashion Post a while back, and I loved some of their horror themed soaps. This soap is 100% vegan and contains Avocado oil, Camelia oil (green tea) coconut oil, olive oil among other things and is scented with pure lavender essential oil. So, it sounds like it smells pretty gorgeous. They also do some very cool jewelry including this Tell Tale Heart Choker Pendant.


Well, that’s all for this week’s Wednesday Wish List. I hope you liked my little horror theme and saw a few things you might like. How many of you have been watching Penny Dreadful? What do you think? I would say next to American Horror Story this is one of my new favourite TV shows and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. 


Wednesday Wish List – Etsy Highlights


Wednesday Wish List – Etsy Special

Well, at the moment I can safely say that the top of my wish list is for my internet to be working again! My phone line and broadband have both been down now for 14 days because of a ‘common’ fault all the way in Chatham of all places! So, I am currently writing my Wednesday Wish List from the lovely home of my partner while I leech internet from him for the umpteenth time this week (Thank you mister!) If you guys have been following my Facebook Page you may have noticed that last week marked my first week as an Etsy seller! That’s right, I have finally taken the plunge into the wonderful world of Etsy and so far I am loving it. (You can check out my online store here if you like) So, I thought I would ring in the occasion with an Etsy themed Wednesday Wish List. So, here are a few of the fun things I have found so far while introducing myself to the site.


Totoro & Pangur Bán Cat (Studio Ghibli / Miyazaki x Secret of Kells Crossover) Art Nouveau 10×20 Poster – £7.97

https://www.etsy.com/listing/155315545/totoro-pangur-ban-cat-studio-ghibli?ref=favs_view_2

Starting off with a piece of beautiful art (which is the primary reason I love Etsy) depicting one of my favourite little characters, Totoro. I love how illustrative this is and the watercolour look. I would personally love to have a copy of this up on my wall. And at only £7.97 for a poster print, this is a steal for any Miyazaki fan.


Snails Shell Candles Handmade Eco-friendly Reusable Candles – Choose Your Scent – Set of 6 – £6.13

https://www.etsy.com/listing/108740773/snails-shell-candles-handmade-eco?ref=favs_view_18

I have been finding a lot of snail shells around this year, and while this might make me sorta sad (poor little guys), this is a beautiful and unique way to preserve them. I’m also a bit of a pyromaniac so I love covering my house in candles (one of the great things about being a Pagan – SO many candles in the house). These would be perfect for an Earthen altar set up or just a pretty alternative to tea-lights.


Plum Octo Hair Clip – £2.85

https://www.etsy.com/listing/97041599/plum-octo-hair-clip?ref=favs_view_15

There are a whole bunch of these designs from the same seller in varying colours, but I probably like the plum colour best (if anything it would go well with neon blue). I love the shapes and design of octopus art. Ever since working on Viceroy’s ‘The Deep’ set and drawing different forms of octopii, I have loved the style and intricacy of tentacles. They lend themselves really well to art nouveau, which may be another reason I love them.


Octopus Pendant – Green Pink and Blue Pastel Striped Glass – £22.06

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127852884/octopus-pendant-green-pink-and-blue?ref=favs_view_1

Sticking with the Octopus theme, I found this sweet little pendant which would also act well as a small statue or figurine. The colours in the glass are gorgeous and I love his cute little face. not sure if I would wear it as a pendant myself or would prefer to display it, but the good thing about it being glass is I would be able to wear it if I wanted to (Remember my weird aversion to metal? Yeah – works with jewelry too)


Gothic Tote Bag (with Plain Lining) – Michael Miller Fabric – Handmade for You – £36.99

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127083881/gothic-tote-bag-with-plain-lining?ref=favs_view_2

Ending on a gloriously Gothic note; I LOVE the fabric design of this tote bag. I wish I was still and English Literature student because I would blatantly use this bag to carry my gothic horror novels or Poe anthology! That being said, it is still the perfect bag for Hallowe’en or when I am just in a bit of a Wednesday Addams kind of mood.


Well, that’s it for my first dive into the wonderful world of Etsy. No doubt I will be able to create all sorts of themes from products on this site alone, but next week I will be preparing for my first LAN of the year so expect a video game oriented post. In the mean time, why not check out my own Etsy Store and see if anything there is to your liking and I will speak to you all soon.